The tang is formed of a crested bird's head inlaid with turquoise. The socket, also inlaid with turquoise, has a mask decor from which pieces of turquoise are missing. The socket is fitted with a tawny-white jade blade mottled with warm brown and flecks of brilliant green. The edges of the pointed blade are finished with bevels that narrow toward the point. A central ridge run from socket to point. A closed crack, dark brown at the lower end, runs diagonally from the socket to the mid-section of the pointed end. Patina green

Dagger-axe (ge), 1600-1046 BCE

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Details
Title
Dagger-axe (ge)
Role
Artist
Accession Number
50.46.124
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The tang is formed of a crested bird's head inlaid with turquoise. The socket, also inlaid with turquoise, has a mask decor from which pieces of turquoise are missing. The socket is fitted with a tawny-white jade blade mottled with warm brown and flecks of brilliant green. The edges of the pointed blade are finished with bevels that narrow toward the point. A central ridge run from socket to point. A closed crack, dark brown at the lower end, runs diagonally from the socket to the mid-section of the pointed end. Patina green